‘Dyserth’ means ‘a deserted place, a hermitage’. But throw into the mix a Saturday afternoon and glorious sunshine and it’s not that deserted at all.
Dyserth was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 and is steeped in history, from an ancient hill fort on the top of Moel Hiraddug to the industrial quarries and lime kilns. The village is also known for its spectacular waterfall which cascades seventy feet from the River Ffyddion in the centre of the village and provided the perfect starting point for my circular walk.
The massive pair of walls to the left of the falls were probably built to support a water wheel which would have been driven by water diverted from above the waterfall.
Making my way up to the top of the waterfall and the river. These stones are most likely property boundary markers, the Windsor family was one of the dominant landowners in the area.
In 1869 the London and North Western Railway opened a branch line from the main line at Prestatyn to Dyserth. Initially this served the Talargoch Lead Mines and the two Dyserth Quarries. It was not until 1905 that a passenger service was opened.
The Meliden Goods Shed once bustled with activity when the train was the lifeline for the local community.
Remains of the loading gauge. It prevented the trucks being loaded too high to go under the bridges and through tunnels.
Stunning panorama from the top of Graig Fawr. (Sorry, a bit small. Just click on it for a bigger view)Along the way.
Grove Mill, for flour, closed in 1912, was re-opened in 1920 and finally closed five years later.
Walking through Church Wood towards the village of Cwm.
Even the sheep have beautiful views here.
When you think you’ve done it all after passing the lower slopes of Moel Hiraddug…
Back in the village of Dyserth you can find many remains of lime kilns.
One last look at the waterfall.